Sunday, November 28, 2010

Catching Up!

I again am playing catch up to all of you with all these household business we're attending to right now. So I thought I'd bundle up Halloween and Thanksgiving for you beautiful ladies!

Thanks again to our wonderful hosts, Susan of Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday and Tablescape Thursday, Marty of A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Leigh of Tales of Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday and Michael Lee of Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday. So glad to be participating this week!

Alright, let's move on to the catching up part... Susan, these transformations certainly fit Met Monday.

Fall came, September 22, and we quickly dressed up our newly painted old door with Halloween and Autumn colors.

The foyer table (for Marty) had a temporary dressing as well...
Eventually after much rummaging, I managed to find my other Fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving items from the newly carved out storage, and officially welcomed the season for the second time. This shadow box done back in 2005, cost me a total of $1.50! Pretty thrifty, huh, Leigh?
Halloween this year, since it was on Sunday, meant only giving out candies, and using up our 2009 clearance finds! Still thrifty, Leigh!
Then, Susan, the foyer turned into something more sinister... Boo!
Even the candy table had its own party going on! Two tables for Marty over here! LOL
Then Thanksgiving was in the air and again the same table took on another face-just for Susan and Marty...
I emphasized Harvest time this time around...
Before the actual T-dinner, we also had another dinner we hosted. It wasn't fancy, but we had to make sure that we made the table lovely...
(The leaves, from our trees in the front yard, the floating candles, Garden Ridge, 2008, 50 cents each) Gotta love that, Leigh!
Lovely for both our guests and Susan, of course! I call this table, "A New Fall" since we are in our very own house and we can't be more excited to start the season cozy inside...
On the big day, I made sure that all were taken care of, but not over the top. I was so excited when the hubs pulled out all of my dishes from the storage and I got to see all of my choices for this year's table!

This one is called, "Thanksgiving, In and Out" because our gratitude extends to the wonderful property we purchased. Despite the wear&tear happenings, it is ours to change, update and upgrade!

To save money, I simply used flowers to dress the table and didn't fuss over the vases either, whatever was around did the trick.
I think it worked out beautifully, don't you, Susan, Leigh, Marty? How about you ladies?
We started with this beautiful Autumn soup made with butternut squash, potatoes, leek and coconut milk. It was divine! I think a Foodie like Michael Lee can appreciate this, right?

Plates-Embossed Leaves (Linens & Things, 2005, 75% off); Harvest Cinnamon (Harvest Home, Kroger, 2009, 50 cents each); Earthenware Bowl (Ikea, 2010, 79 cents each)
Utensils-Oneida-Katrina (Sears, 1995) / Napkins- Linen Beige (Kroger, 2010-80 cents each) / Drinkware-Anchor Smoke (Target, 2009)

We also dressed the naturally overwhelming wall of mirrors in the dining room to look like a panoramic window seeing the tumbled leaves falling...
This year so far, we were blessed with momentous occasions: Great New Year, Valentine's was spent looking for a house, March was spent buying and closing on this house, April & May were spent on moving in, organizing and settling in, June was a double graduation time, July & August were spent on planning out college life and more renovations, and September was well, spent in Hawaii and with friends staying with us. We are blessed, happy and grateful...

Hope you all have been having a great year, or at least a great Fall season. We all have much to be thankful for and it's not even December yet!

TABLESCAPING IDEAS: (Brain is very happy with herself) No money for a centerpiece, use what's around you. Just like I did, I gathered leaves with varying colors and floated them in an oval roaster with my floating candles. I used more of the same leaves to cover the above big serving tray that only held a few things. (Ooooppps... I left the candlestick I used to light the round ones, lol) It filled up the tray and it looks like a deliberate choice! Didn't cost me a thing!

Thanks for peeking! Now I'm off to see yours!


  1. Breathtaking, of course! I want to come eat Thanksgiving dinner at your house!

    I always think of you when I am setting my table for've taught me how beautiful they can be.

  2. So nice to see you, Chandy. I really enjoyed reading your activities for the whole year and it all sounded so exciting. I love your idea of the floating leaf candles, so pretty and the leaves falling on the mirror, so creative....Christine

  3. Beautiful fall decor and table setting. I love the leaves and mirror, too!

  4. Thank you, ladies! I'm quite blushing that you all liked it. I certainly had fun!

  5. I've booked marked all your great ideas for next year! Thank you for sharing :D

  6. Chandy,
    I love your candles floating in the water with the real leaves. That was really pretty! The leaves on the mirror also got my attention. It all was pretty and you did such a good job of being thrifty. Very nice.:)

  7. I really like the large willow ball in your arrangement. I saw some on sale this weekend but did not know what I would do with it. Now I have a plan, although mine will be Christmas. Thanks for stopping by "In His Grip".

  8. Carrie, thank you. Enjoy decorating!

  9. Sherry, thank you, I thought it worked out pretty well.

  10. Judy, that's actually a wire pumpkin, but glad you got some ideas from it.

  11. All your touches are just simply beautiful! Thanks for your visit and leaving such a sweet comment. I've enjoy my visit and have become one of your newest followers.

    Enjoy your day,

  12. Thanks, Gail! I so appreciate that!


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